Saturday, 22 April 2017

Ground 281

Civil Service Strollers V Stirling University

Saturday 15th April 2017


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Civil Service Strollers Football Club are a senior non-league football team from Edinburgh, Scotland currently playing in the Lowland Football League.

Founded in 1908 under the name Edinburgh Civil Service Football Club, their first ground was the Stenhouse Stadium, which later became a venue for greyhound racing, before moving to Pinkhill Stadium in the 1920s. They moved to the Edinburgh Area Civil Service Sports Association in Muirhouse in 1957, where they continue to play their home games today, Also known as Christie Gillies Park Located just off Marine Drive Edinburgh. In 2016 They were Elected to the Scottish Lowland League along with Hawick Royal Albert.



  • East of Scotland League Champions: 1972–73
  • East of Scotland Qualifying Cup Winners: 1920–21; 1978–79; 1988–89
  • King Cup Winners: 1921–22; 1925–26; 1927–28; 1990–91
  • East of Scotland Consolation Cup: 1920–21
  • Scottish Amateur Cup: 1910–11; 1920–21
  • East of Scotland League Cup: 2000–01

Christie Gillies Park

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It was a sunny day leaving Carlisle around 10am heading up the M74 and A702 towards the Capital of Scotland. We arrived at Easter road around 12 where our lift for the day was going to see Hibernian clinch the title at home to Queen of the South. We parked up close to Easter road and had a little look in the programme shop just outside the ground. We then had a walk towards Edinburgh Centre to catch the bus from just outside the Theatre bus number 16 which took us right up to the ground.

You come into a little car park, but there is building work going on (I can only assume it’s some sort of sports pitches for the Edinburgh College there not quite finished yet).We had to pay at the little gate there were no programmes or team sheets, we then had to walk round the building site to the main gate and into the ground   Mainly an open ground it has one small stand along the North side with the Dug out's on the South side. The club house is set back from the East side and the changing rooms must be behind

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The game itself got off to a flying start and you feared the worst for Civil Service Strollers when after 4 minutes a high ball into the box was scrambled home by officially A.Gillen but in truth am not sure who got the final touch. Shortly afterwards Stirling University doubled their lead when a cross from the left was headed home by L.Bonar . In the second half Civil Service Strollers mounted a fightback with the wind behind them. In the 70th Minute a good run down the right by Matty Cunningham who then crossed the ball for Jordan Finnie to head home and make it 1-2. CSS pushed for an equalizer but were unable to find the net and Stirling University went away with the 3 points, 3 Points that meant a place in next seasons Scottish FA Cup secured. After the game we walked to a nearby Toby Carvery to await collection by my friend who took us back to Carlisle. The lack of Programme’s or Team Sheet’s meant I have no idea who was playing for either side.

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Division :- Lowland League
Ticket Price Adult £5 Children Free
Programme None Available
Attendance 35 (HC)
Score 1-2
Miles from Carlisle 107 Miles


Match Day Photo Album

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Overall 280

Seaham Red Star V Ashington

Saturday 1st April 2017

Seaham Town Park

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Seaham Red Star Football Club is a football club based in Seaham, England. They joined the Wearside League in 1979 as Seaham Colliery Welfare Red Star. In 1984, they changed to their present name. Seaham Red Star are named after the pub in which they were formed. Much of the credit for the Club’s early development belongs to Ralph Pigg, the initial Secretary, and Larry Phillips, the Club’s first Manager. The pair, supported by a small committee, entered a side in the Houghton and District League and, after a promising first season, made a successful application to join the Northern Alliance League in 1974. After a further five fairly successful seasons, the Club felt sufficiently confident to join the then highly competitive Wearside League in 1979. This confidence was soon justified, the Club winning the Durham Challenge Cup in 1980 and the League and League Cup “double” in 1981–82. In 1983, they were elected to the Northern League Second Division and, after some near misses, eventually gained promotion to the First Division in the 1987–88 season. They were relegated in 2001-02. Neil Hixon returned as manager in 2005 and along with Stuart Gooden and former Sunderland & Scottish International George Herd put together a side that won promotion back to the First Division in the 2006–07 season. The following season saw yet another change in management with former Darlington player Andy Toman taking over. Another dip in club fortunes saw the side face relegation.The 2010–11 and 2011–12 were two of the worst seasons in the Red Star history with the team involved in relegation battles which could have seen the club relegated to the Wearside League, both battles were successful and the club retained its Northern League status. 2014–15 was a successful season for The Star as they won the Division Two title.

Former players going on to join Football League clubs include Nigel Gleghorn (Ipswich and Manchester City), Bobby Davison (Halifax, Derby and Leeds) and Stephen Harper (Mainly Newcastle). Tommy Henderson remains the Club’s leading goal scorer, netting 211 goals in 276 appearances including a record breaking 62 in 1978–79. Leading the way with appearances in Tommy’s brother Trevor Henderson who amassed 300 games.


I’ve not been able to find any historical information on the Stadium but it has 1 small stand on 1 side with the club house just further along and has a smaller stand on the other side with both ends behind the goals open.

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I made by way over from Carlisle along the A69 ,A1 and A19 stopping off at the Metro centre for a short while . It was pretty simple to find the ground and the car park is down a little lane just off the B1285. There is a nice kids playground just next door. On entry I paid £1 for a golden goal ticket my time was 30 Minutes and thankfully the 1st goal came on 30 Minutes so I won £30 after the game the journey back home didn’t take took long and I was home for just after 6pm


Match Report (Via Sportsbyte)


Ex Carlisle watch

In the Seaham side is Brad Staunch who was released by Carlisle united in 2013. Hartlepool-born Brad had two years as a young pro at Carlisle, during which he was loaned out to EvoStik League Kendal Town. Since his release he has had spells at Hartlepool FC of the Wearside League, and Northern league clubs Seaham Red Star, Billingham Town and Norton  Stockton Ancients. A right-back who can also play at centre-half, signed for Consett on 7 July, 2016 before leaving to re-join Seaham November 2016.

In the Ashington Squad was former Carlisle United Player Paul Anthony.In the Official Carlisle United History book written by Paul Harrison there is no Mention of Paul although I know he was Registered as number 28 in 2000-2001 and 24 in 2001-02. Paul’s Debut was actually against Kidderminster in the LDV (1-1 at 90 minutes. Kidderminster Harriers - in their first game in this competition - won with Tony Bird's 100th minute Golden Goal during extra time) Paul Played 80 Minutes and was Replaced by Steve Soley. I can find no record of him ever playing again and had been removed from the match day Programme by January 2002 From what I can gather he was YTS 98-99 and 99-00 He signed a 2 year Pro Contract in 2000 but went on loan to Newry Town in Northern Ireland before being released. He has had spells at Gateshead,Team Northumbria,Heaton Stannington and Newcastle Benfield that I can find mostly clubs in the North east.

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Division :- Northern League Div 1

Ticket Price Adult £6
Programme £1.50
Attendance 110
Score 1-4
Miles from Carlisle 75 Miles

Matchday Photo Album

Monday, 27 March 2017

Overall 279

Saturday 25th March 2017

Hawick Royal Albert V East Stirlingshire

Albert Park


Hawick Royal Albert Football Club are a Scottish football club who play home matches in the town of Hawick.The club were founded in 1947 and competes in the Lowland Football League. This Season is the Club’s 1st in the Lowland League after being elected from the East of Scotland League for which Hawick Royal Albert won it three times and finished runners-up once. Hawick Royal Albert were formed in 1947 after breaking away from Hawick Railway F.C. The club name is derived from another Scottish football club, Royal Albert, who are based in Larkhall, where William Bunton, the co-founder of the Hawick club was from. Royal Albert was a ship, which the original club is named after. Hawick Royal Albert first competed in the Border Amateur League, which it won in the 1947–48 season.

The club joined the East of Scotland Football League, a senior non-league competition for the 1953–54 season. In 1966, the club applied to join Scotland's main national league competition – the Scottish Football League – when it was seeking to increase its membership by one. Hawick Royal Albert applied for election along with Gala Fairydean, but both lost out to Clydebank. Remaining in the East of Scotland League, they won the competition for the first time in the 1966–67 season, and defended the title the following year. The Club reached the first round proper of the Scottish FA Cup for the 1st time, losing 3–0 away to St Johnstone in January 1968. In 1973-74 The Club won the East of Scotland Football League for the last time. Hawick Royal Albert applied to join the Scottish Football League for a second time in 1975, when the league was restructured, along with seven other non-league clubs, but was eliminated in the first round of voting. Ferranti Thistle, which later became Livingston, was the club elected. In 2016 the club applied to join the Lowland Football League and were duly accepted for the start of the 2016-17 Season along with Civil Service Strollers.


Hawick Royal Albert first played its home matches at Wilton Lodge Park near the village of Wilton Dean in Hawick. In 1963, the club moved to Albert Park in the town. The ground is located on Mansfield Road on the northern bank of the River Teviot and is adjacent to Mansfield Park, a rugby union ground.Shortly after moving to the ground, it was inspected and passed criteria to allow the club to become a member of the Scottish Football Association. The opening game at the ground was a friendly between Hawick Royal Albert and Hibernian. The spectator stand at Albert Park was constructed from the steel remnants of the Wilson and Glenny woollen factory, which was destroyed by a fire in 1959. Floodlights were installed at the ground in 1981, and were first used in a friendly against Celtic. Included in Celtic's squad was future Scotland internationalist, Charlie Nicholas and future Premier League manager, David Moyes. The Capacity of the ground is around 1,500 with 500 Seated in the stand.


East of Scotland League

Scottish Qualifying Cup South

East of Scotland Qualifying Cup

  • Winners 1964–65, 1967–68, 1974–75, 1977–78

King Cup

  • Winners 1966–67, 1981–82, 1983–84


My Day Started out at 12.30 Selling Programmes outside Brunton Park home of Carlisle United as per usual on a home match day. after the game finished (a disappointing 2-0 Defeat at the hands of Crewe Alexandra ). I made my way up the A7 in search of a decent game of football. The Journey took around 55 Minutes and I arrived in time to have my tea in the Local Wetherspoons The Bourtree. I then made my way up to the ground for 6.45 with the 7pm KO looming. Earlier in the week I’d been contacted by the club asking for a few words to describe myself and why I was a ground hopper, I replied with a few words and they kindly printed them in the programme. They also Kindly left me a badge at the gate for me to collect, a total surprise and a very kind gesture. The game itself was a 7pm Ko to combine with 4 other games over the weekend as part of groundhopuk Scottish Groundhop weekend.

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Hawick Started the game the stronger and took the lead on 13 minutes when Hamish Hunter was lurking in the box to finish after a fine save from the Shire Keeper. The visitors equalized in the 33rd Minute when a cross from the right found the head of Andy Rodgers who was able to steer the ball into the net. Hawick again started the stronger in the second half and were rewarded when they once again went ahead when Kris Mitchell was able to fire home. With 15 Minutes remaining Hawick 2nd Bottom were comfortably 2-1 ahead against the 2nd Placed team, although you could sense more goals were coming and Shire were going up through the gears. The current score line meant East Kilbride would be Champions and Preston Athletic would finish bottom, The would all change on 76 minutes when after 3 great saves from the Hawick keeper Shire finally managed to find the back of the net, Substitute Jamie Glasgow heading a cross home. 4 minutes later and the game had turned on it’s head when Andy Rodgers was able to smash a shot home from 12 yards after some confusion in the Hawick Box. The Hawick keeper was shown a yellow card in the aftermath of the goal but continued to voice his opinions on the goal and was subsequently shown another yellow card and sent off kicking everything in sight as he left the field. Hawick were then able to continue with 10 men. Paul Sludden then added a 4th goal to give Shire the points in their chase for the top spot. It was harsh on Hawick who deserved something from the game. East Stirlingshire are 8 points behind East Kilbride with 3 games remaining but crucially they play each other on the last day of the season, a game that promises to be a cracking one should shire be able to win the next 2 games and Kilbride lose the next 2. At the bottom end Preston Athletic are 8 points adrift with 3 games remaining, although Hawick have a game in hand. It is then almost certain that East Kilbride are going to win the league and Preston Athletic are going to be relegated baring a miracle of Jimmy Glass type proportions.

After the game I made the Journey back down the A7 arriving home around 10pm an enjoyable end to the day after a disappointing start at Brunton Park. Once again the Scottish clubs proving how friendly they are compared to the English clubs.

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Division :- Lowland League
Ticket Price Adult £5
Programme £2
Attendance 287
Score 2-4
Miles from Carlisle 47 Miles


Matchday Photo Album (Some older photo’s in there to)

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Overall 278

Saturday 31st December 2016


Gala Fairydean Rovers V Hawick Royal Albert

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Gala Fairydean Rovers Football Club are a Scottish association football club based in the town of Galashiels in the Scottish Borders. The club competes in the Lowland League, after joining from the East of Scotland Football League in 2013. At the same time the club changed its name to Gala Fairydean Rovers, following a merger between Gala Fairydean and Gala Rovers. Gala Rovers won the Border Amateur Football League 13 times. In 2000 - 2001 Gala Rovers were the first ever side to play a whole domestic season without dropping any points. Gala Fairydean won the East of Scotland Football League eight times. The club reached 15 Scottish Qualifying Cup South finals, winning it 11 times. Gala Fairydean Rovers qualify automatically for the Scottish Cup as a member of the Scottish Football Association (SFA). The best performance by the club was reaching the third round, done on five occasions. The club plays its home matches at Netherdale in Galashiels.
Gala Fairydean Rovers FC was first formed in 1894. In 1907 the club was separated into two teams, known as Gala Fairydean and Gala Rovers. Both clubs ceased operations in 1914 due to the outbreak of the First World War and the consequent loss of male population in Galashiels. Gala Fairydean resumed in 1919, after the war had ended, and was a founder member of the East of Scotland Football League in 1923. Gala Rovers were only reformed in 1947 and joined the Border Amateur League. Although the two clubs were separate, they were closely linked through operations such as a joint lottery. Although Gala Fairydean were a semi-professional club and needed funds to pay players, Gala Rovers were amateur and could save some of the funds generated. This helped to fund construction of the 1960s main stand at Netherdale. Gala Fairydean applied to join the Scottish Football League in 1966, 1994, 2000 and 2002, but were unsuccessful on each occasion Stevie Noble is the Manager after taking over in June 2013 ahead of the Inaugural Lowland League Season after previously being in charge of Gala Rovers


Gala Fairydean first played its home matches at Eastlands Park in Galashiels between 1909 and 1913, before moving to Mossilee for a spell until the 1920s. The club moved back to Eastlands, and stayed until 1929, when Netherdale was opened. Netherdale has been the club's home since 1929 and is located in the south-east of Galashiels. The ground's main spectator stand was designed by architect Peter Womersley, alongside engineers Ove Arup and built between 1963 and 1965. The stand has a capacity for 750 spectators and the ground as a whole up to 4,000. The cantilevered concrete structure is protected as a Category A listed building. The club bought 300 seats from Newcastle United's St James' Park stadium when it was refurbished, but were replaced in 2006 by wooden benches. The Official Capacity is 4000
The Stadium has undergone significate improvements with a 3g Pitch being installed in 2012 which gives the club much needed revenue 365 days a year and during the poor weather, also giving the ground a more tidy feel about the place.
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The club's most famous player is the former Hibernian, Celtic, AS Monaco, Everton and Scotland international, John Collins, who under his father Norrie's eye, trained and joined the club, before moving onto Hibernian as a young player. Collins, now a regular television pundit, played a few games for Gala Rovers when they were an amateur side as a teenager but never played for a competitive match for the town’s senior club at the time, Gala Fairydean, as he was quickly signed up by Hibs. He did, however, make the occasional guest appearance in friendlies and testimonials. He also re-signed for the club in 2014 as an 46 Year old but am sure if he ever played a game.



Lowland League

For the 2013-14 season Gala Finished 10th out of 12 teams losing 3-0 at home in the Scottish FA Cup 2nd round to Clyde after beating Glasgow University 3-1 in the 1st Round also at home. The following season they Finished 8th out of 14 teams and were knocked out of the Scottish FA Cup away at Gretna 2008 in the 1st Round. In 2015-16 they finished 11th out of 15 teams Losing to Linlithgow_Rose in the Scottish FA Cup 1st Round.
Going into this game they currently lie 12th in the table. This was my second game of the day after leaving Selkirk after the game against Vale of Leithen finished 6-0, I made the 6 mile Journey further up the A7 took around 10-12 Minutes, Arriving just in time for KO. Gala won this game 5-1 with goals from Ross Aitchison 43,50,61 Miller 64 Noble 68 and Meikle for the Visitors. Billy Miller’s Free kick being the highlight. The game kind of flattered Gala who were up against it in the 1st half but Hawick were unable to find a goal. Gala stepped up a gear in the second half and were rewarded with the win courtesy of some clinical finishing. At half time I wandered into the fabulous bar underneath the main stand which has some fascinating memorabilia on the walls, if it wasn’t so busy I'd have taken some photo’s. Gala moved up a place to 11th in the table after this win.
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After the game I made the Journey back down the A7 in the rain and dark arriving home around 1815 again the road was so quite I don’t think I seen another car from Hawick until Longtown. It’s not often I get chance to do 2 games in a day so hats off to Selkirk and Gala, with 12 goals thrown in for a combined entrance of £10 thoroughly worth the money. Programmes were £1.50 and £2 so that came to £3.50 and with less than £20 fuel I can’t complain I could have got the train but it’s a 15/20 Minutes walk from Either Galashiels or Tweedbank although I’d have had to get a train to Edinburgh then change onto the borders railway newly opened in 2015. The chance to ride on the Borders railway will have to wait.
Division :- Lowland League
Ticket Price Adult £5
Programme £2
Attendance around 100 (head count)
Score 5-1
Miles from Carlisle 62 Miles
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Match Day Photo Album

Happy New Year !!

Overall 277

Selkirk FC V Vale Of Leithen

Saturday 31st December 2016

Yarrow Park

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Selkirk Football Club (nicknamed the Souters) are a Scottish football club based in the town of Selkirk. Founded in 1880, they are the oldest established football club in the Scottish Borders. The club was selected as a founder member of the Lowland Football League, which was formed in 2013 by the Scottish Football Association (SFA) as part of a proposed pyramid system.Their home ground is Yarrow Park. The Club Played at Ettrick Park from 1906-2000 and moved into Yarrow Park in Feb 2000 2012 saw a new terrace installed on the south side and in 2013 a 100 seated stand was constructed on the north side. The ground is adjacent to the Cricket Club and Rugby Club The official Capacity is 1,162

The 1970’s were the clubs most successful times The five years of glory commenced with the release of Ian Whitehead from Berwick Rangers in 1973, Chalky as he was universally known was snapped up by Selkirk and became player/manager later in the season. Whitehead became the architect of the most fruitful period of success in the club's history and soon bagged the first trophy in 28 years for Selkirk FC. December 1977 started on a remarkable note for Selkirk. As the support slowly filtered in to Ettrick Park for a league match against lowly Eyemouth United, the sharp shrill of the referee's whistle sounded the start of the game. Ian 'Chalky' Whitehead meanwhile had spotted the goalkeeper off his line in conversation with his centre-half. Brian 'the bear' McConnell kicked off for Selkirk and Chalky hammered the ball into the top corner of the net. Referee George Smith timed the goal at five-seconds, a second quicker than the then current record published by the Guinness Book of Records.Like all good things however, Selkirk's Golden Era came to an end when Ian Whitehead was enticed back into Scottish League Football as a coach with Second Division Berwick Rangers

The club have appeared in the Scottish Cup on numerous occasions, with their most infamous appearance having been in 1984–85, when they were beaten 20–0 by Stirling Albion. This was the biggest winning margin in British senior football during the 20th century. The first team had temporarily dropped out of the East of Scotland Football League, and were effectively defunct at the time to preserve the club's future participation in the Scottish Cup, 'the Vics' took to the field and were mercilessly exposed by their professional opponents

Famous players produced by the club include two Scottish internationals – Selkirk-born Bobby Johnstone, who was a member of Hibernian's Famous Five, and Bob Mercer, who played for Heart of Midlothian 


Border League: 1896–97, 1897–98, 1902–03

Border Cup:1873–74*, 1875–76*, 1878–79*, 1879–80*, 1892–93, 1894–95, 1896–97, 1903–04, 1904–05, 1905–06, 1923–24, 1930–31, 1931–32, 1938–39.

East of Scotland League: 1974–75, 1975–76, 1976–77.

Scottish Qualifying Cup (South): 1974, 1975, 1977.

King Cup: 1974–75, 1975–76.

East of Scotland Qualifying Cup: 1946–47, 1973–74, 1975–76, 2007–08

* Note the BAFL record that a Selkirk team won A 'Border cup' during the years 1873–74, 1875–76, 1878–79, 1879–80. Clarification is required as which Selkirk team this was and what cup was won.


Lowland League 2013-Onwards

Selkirk started season 2013–2014 as a founding member of the Lowland Football League, leaving the East of Scotland League after an association stretching back to 1923. On 19 August 2013, Selkirk became the first Borders football club to be audited and meet the criteria to hold an SFA Licence. Selkirk Finished bottom with 5 points out of 12 Teams with 1 win and 2 Draw Selkirk’s only win coming away at Whitehall Welfare 1-0.

The club started season 2014–2015, in the SLFL The biggest sensation however was the signing of ex-Hibernian, Birmingham City, Lokomotiv Moscow and Scotland national football team star, Garry O'Connor. Selkirk Finished 12th Again but this time out of 14 Teams With 6 Wins and 5 Draws With the highlight being a 7-0 win over local rivals Gala Fairydean

Selkirk made national headlines again at the start of the 2015–2016 season, this time with the signing of Scottish football's first ever poet in residence, Thomas Clark  Steve Forrest was sacked as Selkirk manager on 28 October 2015, Garry O'Connor took charge. Selkirk finished 12th again out of 15 teams with 9 win’s and 2 draws

Going into this game Selkirk were bottom with only 3 wins and a draw, those wins coming 7-4 against East Stirlingshire, 7-1 against local rivals Gala Fairydean and a 4-0 against BSC Glasgow Garry O'Connor has been replaced as manager by Ian Fergus in Dec 2016. Ian came to Selkirk with a wealth of coaching experience having coached Hibs U-17's and at Hearts, Hamilton Accies and Dunfermline Youth Academies.

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I wasn’t intending on making the journey to Selkirk this New Years Eve I was originally intending on going to Gretna V Dalbeattie but after being advised by Neil Edgar that the game was a 1pm KO not 2pm It meant I had the opportunity to go to 2 games with Gala Fairydean Kicking off at 3pm I made my way up the A7 leaving Carlisle at 1135 arriving at Yarrow park for around 1245. I had a good drive up the A7 and the road was fairly quite for a change . I was a bit concerned at 1st as when I was arrived there wasn’t a sole inside the ground and no players warming up on the pitch, but the man on the turnstile assured me the game was a 1 o clock KO and the game was on. As I walked around the pitch the Selkirk Players came out to warm up. Almost as soon as they left they then came back out with the Vale of Leithen players, ready to start the game Selkirk FC won this game with a resounding 6 -0 win. 3 goals from Kerr Scott, 1 goal from Phil Addison, 1 goal from Garry Nicholson and an own goal from Vale (McBride)Saw them win the last game of 2016 a rather comfortable win I must say which enabled them to move of the bottom of the table. During the game I was able to meet up with fellow hopper Neil Edgar another groundhopper I’d never met but the craic was good and the game didn’t disappoint. Defiantly was the correct choice to come to the Scottish Borders rather than Gretna. As soon as the game finished I was off to Gala Fairydean for the 2nd Match

Garry Nicholson heads in the 2nd

Division :- Lowland League
Ticket Price Adult £5
Programme £1.50
Attendance around 40 (Head Count)
Score 6-0
Miles from Carlisle 58 Miles

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Matchday Photo Album

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Overall 276

Heaton Stannington V Willington AFC

Saturday 8th October 2016

Groundsell Park

Heaton Stannington V Willington 8-10-16 (1)

Heaton Stannington Football Club are a semi-professional association football club based in High Heaton, Newcastle upon Tyne, in England. They play in the Northern Football League Division Two. Although officially founded in 1910, Heaton Stannington were in existence by 1903 and playing at Miller’s Lane on the site of the current Fossway The club name originates from its links with the Stannington Avenue area of Heaton. The club spent the next 19 years in NAL Division One and gained their first trophies in 1934 and 1936 when they won the Tynemouth Infirmary Minor Cup and NAL Challenge Cup respectively. The first glory season came in 1936-37 when the club won NAL Division One, and were Northumberland Amateur Cup winners and NAL Challenge Cup runners up. The reserves were also NAL Division Two runners up. For one season, 1938-39, the Stan participated in the Tyneside League and were runners up. By the 1930s the team were playing at the Coast Road ground. The club were elected to the Northern League in 1939. They only managed one season in the league before it was suspended for the duration of the Second World War. The league restarted in 1945 but Heaton Stannington were elected, until 1946, as a non-playing member as their ground was being used by the military. After 5 consecutive bottom three finishes, the club resigned at the end of the 1951-52 season and joined the Northern Alliance until 1956. The next 16 seasons included involvement in the NAL (1956-59), North Eastern League (1959-60) and the Northern Combination (1960-72). In 1972 the club stepped up to the Wearside League and remained there for ten years. They were forced to resign from the league in 1982 for financial reasons due to the club trustees, who had formed a limited company in 1968, putting the annual rent up from £400 to £1500. The company then tried to build a supermarket on the ground but the planning application was defeated. In 1983 the High Court ruled that the ground belonged to the football club and the company had to relinquish ownership. The team played in the Tyneside Amateur League (TAL) during 1982-83 as Heaton United. Back as Heaton Stannington, they won the TAL in 1983-84 which was only their second league title up to this point. The next 2 seasons were spent back in the NAL where they were champions in 1985-86 as well as wining the Northumberland Minor Cup. For the next 27 years the club were in the Northern Alliance, which became a 3 tier league in 1988 and saw the Stan placed in the Premier Division. After two relegations to Division One, the Stan achieved stability by spending 9 seasons in the Premier Division. The club won their highest level league trophy when they became Champions in 2012 but were denied promotion due to ground grading In 2012-13, they achieved the treble by not only retaining the title but by also winning the Northern Alliance League Cup and the Northumberland Senior Benevolent Bowl. but were promoted to the Northern League Div 1 on the proviso they installed floodlights by the end of September


    • Northern Amateur League Division One Champions 1936-37
    • Tyneside Amateur League Division One Champions 1983-84
    • Northern Amateur League Champions 1985-86
    • Northern Alliance Premier Division Champions 2011-12, 2012-13
    • Tynemouth Infirmary Cup 1933-34
    • Northern Amateur League Challenge Cup 1935-36, 1937-38, 1956-57, 1958-59
    • Northumberland Amateur Cup 1936-37
    • Wallsend Charity Cup 1955-56
    • Northumberland Minor Cup 1985-86
    • Northern Alliance Challenge Cup 1989-90
    • Northern Alliance Combination Cup 1997-98
    • Northern Alliance Subsidiary Cup 1999-00
    • Northern Alliance League Cup 2010-11, 2012-13
    • Northumberland Senior Benevolent Bowl 2012-13
    • Shunde Worldwide Friendship Association Cup 2014

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In October 1935, they started playing at Newton Park in High Heaton on the site of a recently filled-in quarry. In 2007,the ground was renamed Grounsell Park in honour of the service given, both on and off the pitch, by Bob Grounsell. Grounsell Park now boasts new floodlights and a stand to complement the other facilities including a bar serving real ale. Much of the recent success is a result of the commitment and work of manager Derek Thompson

In July 2012, Heaton Stannington played a match against the Gabon national under-23 football team as part of their preparations for the Olympics. Gabon won the game 4–0

Heaton Stannington V Willington 8-10-16 (3)

We caught the 1110 Virgin Trains East Coast train which had been diverted via Carlisle to Newcastle arriving in Newcastle just after 1230 after a quick bite to eat we caught the number 38 bus from close to Central Station straight up to the ground. I claimed by Euro millions ticket winnings from a local shop nearby sadly only £4.70 but it helped pay for my entry to the ground which was £5 and £1 for a programme.

Billed as Newcastle's friendliest, fastest growing and best supported non league club they certainly lived up to that billing as they made me quite welcome from the moment I arrived. I was introduced to the Secretary and various other committee members and invited up into the members room for half time refreshments. Heaton Won this game rather comfortably 3-0 Goals by Imray, Johnson and Walton guided The Stan to what was strangely their first victory at home this season. Heaton were comfortable all day long and never looked like losing. At half time I had some refreshments in the club house of which the fruit scones were delicious. After the game we boarded number 38 bus back to Newcastle and then the 1810 back to Carlisle again another Virgin East Coast Train arriving home around 1935

The ground itself is an open one with changing rooms in the corner and the clubhouse and stand in the middle. One strange thing I noticed was the number of people who had built there vegetable patches inside the ground behind the houses

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Division :- Northern League Division 2
Ticket Price Adult £5
Programme £1.00
Attendance 124
Score 3-0
Miles from Carlisle 60 Miles
Rail fare £24.30 1 Adult 1 Child

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Seaham Red Star, Thornaby, Norton & Stockton Ancients, Alnwick Town, Billingham Town, Tow Law, Brandon United, Easington Colliery, Stockton Town, & Blyth Town are now the only 10 remaining Northern League Grounds left for me to complete the set

Overall 275

Ryhope Colliery Welfare v Penrith FC

Tuesday 27th September 2016

Ryhope Recreation Park


The club was founded by the Coal Miners of Ryhope in 1892. It was not until 1927–28 that it won its first league title. However the club enjoyed most of its success in the 1960s, winning the Wearside Football League on four occasions, the Monkwearmouth Charity Cup twice as well as the Sunderland Ship-owners Cup and League Challenge Cup during the decade. In the 1967–68 season, the team reached the First Round Proper of the FA Cup for the only time in its history, losing 1–0 at home to then Football League Division 4 side Workington. The club's next successful season was 1977–78, finishing 3rd in the league, winning the League Cup with the season culminating in winning the Durham Challenge Cup for the only time in the club's history. Between the 1988–89 and 1991–92 seasons, the club was known as Vaux Ryhope after a merger with Sporting Club Vaux (previously South Hetton FC)

Season 2010–11 however was the most successful in the club's history, winning all four competitions the Wearside League Title, Sunderland Shipowners Cup, Monkwearmouth Charity Cup and League Cup.This was only the third time in the history of the League that this has been achieved by a club.However they were unable to gain promotion due to Ground Grading Regulations, In the season 2011–12 Ryhope repeated the feat of the previous season winning all four competitions and gained promotion to the Northern League for the first time in its history. It ended the season having only been defeated once in its last 70 Wearside League and Cup games. The team continued its success in season 2012–13 finishing runners up to Crook Town and gaining promotion to the Northern League 1st Division at its first attempt,losing only three games and scoring 147 league goals. However, due to off the field ground grading issues, rather than making the step up the club was relegated back to the Wearside League. It was a decision taken by the Northern League Management Committee and endorsed by the FA. Season 2013–14 saw the team back in the Wearside League and finish runners up to Stockton Town and with the ground issues solved the team again was promoted to the Northern League 2nd division for the season 2014–15. After finishing 6th in season 2014–15 the club finished runners up to South Shields in season 2015–16 thus gaining promotion to the Northern League Division 1 under the guidance of managerial duo Gary Pearson and Stuart Gooden.


  • Wearside Football League: 1927–28, 1961–62, 1962–63, 1963–64, 1965–66, 2010–11, 2011–12
  • Monkwearmouth Charity Cup: 1965–66, 1966–67, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2013–14
  • Sunderland Ship-owners Cup: 1961–62, 2010–11, 2011–12
  • League Challenge Cup: 1963–64, 1977–78,2010–11, 2011–12
  • Durham Challenge Cup: 1977–78

The ground is nothing spectacular a ring fenced pitch with changing rooms and a small seated stand with another shelter for standing

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After leaving Carlisle around 1810 I arrived at Ryhope for around 1935 you have to park up by the Cricket ground and walk through the cricket ground (in the dark I may add) to get to the Football Ground. Admission is £5 with Programmes £1

Ryhope Raced into a 2 goal lead with J Ellis Scoring after 14 Minutes and then again in the 35th Minute but I have no idea who scored the second as it was a goalmouth scrabble with ended up with the ball being cleared off the line by Penrith but the linesman decided it had crossed the line and gave the goal, not quite sure myself if it had crossed the line but the Penrith players closest to the goal line didn’t seam too impressed with the lino (No goal line technology in the Northern League Yet !!!) .

HT 2-0

In the second half Penrith came out fighting and Kev Connolly Grabbed a goal in the 48th Minute and then Penrith were awarded a Penalty in the 67th Minute from which Martyn Coleman put it away to make it 2-2. Both teams had chances after that to clinch the win but both keepers stood firm and they had to share the points

FT 2-2


Division :- Northern League Division 1
Ticket Price Adult £5 and Child £2
Programme £1.00
Attendance ?
Score 2-2
Miles from Carlisle 74 

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